Athenaeum Club 87 Collins Street, Melbourne 29th May 2015
Eric Rodez Ambonnay Bland de Noir NV (MJ)	
Bosquet des Papes Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc 2012 (MJ)
Guigal Condrieu 2009 (DC)
Domaine de la Janasses Chateauneuf du Pape Rouge 2007 (MJ)
Roger Sabon Chateauneuf du Paper Cuvee Prestige 1995 (DM)
E. Guigal Cote Rotie 2003 (DC)
M. Chapoutier Cote Rotie La Mordoree 1994 (ST)
Guy Farge St Joseph Terre du Granite 2011 (GB)
Delas Cote Rotie Seigneur de Maguron 2009 (RP)
Elisabeth & Philippe Bernard Muscat de Beaumes de Venise La Ligiere Vintage/NV? (GB)

29th May 2015

Hi Folks,
Once again, a wonderful Cellar Geek (CG) dinner, superbly organised by Marty at the Athena Room, Athenaeum Club.
I am happy to say, personally, that despite some initial worries, I am now enjoying this (relatively) new trend of themed CG dinners, and have absorbed more than just the wonderful wines proffered by Geeks and Guests.
Marty chose and orchestrated an edifying set of Rhone wines, and par for the course, did a great job pairing them with the appropriate dishes that the staff at the Athenaueum Club beautifully prepared as well as served up.
Here is the list of wines we had:
0.       Eric Rodez Ambonnay Bland de Noir NV  (MJ)
1.       Bosquet des Papes Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc 2012 (MJ)
2.       E. Guigal Condrieu 2009 (DC)
3.       Domaine de la Janasses Chateauneuf du Pape Rouge 2007 (MJ)
4.       Roger Sabon Chateauneuf du Paper Cuvee Prestige 1995 (DM)
5.       E. Guigal Cote Rotie 2003 (DC)
6.       M. Chapoutier Cote Rotie “La Mordoree” 1994 (ST)
7.       Guy Farge St Joseph “Terre du Granite” 2011 (GB)
8.       Delas Cote Rotie “Seigneur de Maguron” 2009 (RP)
9.       Elisabeth & Philippe Bernard Muscat de Beaumes de Venise “La Ligiere” Vintage? Or NV? (GB)
Some brief notes from me, a little hard to decipher due to my bad alcohol-affected handwriting:
0.       Colour: deepish straw, a hint of blush despite the lighting, med bubbles. Nose: rustic, fruit driven with dairy highlights. Palate: subtle hint of oak toast, biscuits, straw/hay, giving way to ripe peach with citrus highlights, good acidity, dry finish albeit slightly short.
1.       C: palish straw. N: closed, the barest hint of honey. P: honey, straw, oats, a sweet lingering palate, slight earthy/clay hints, a hot finish, almond skin grip towards the end.
2.       C: slightly deeper shade of palish straw compared to wine 1. N: Floral, hints of rose petals. P: textural, not overly glyceriny, rose petals, peaches (not much apricot), long length, rounded, quite balanced though slightly hot at the back palate.
3.       C: deep opaque crimsion, tight rim. N: lifted blackberries, mulberries, plum. P: liquefied fruit cake, spices, intense, very fine tannins, almost vintage port-like, fruit, fruit, fruit! Slightly grippy on the finish.
4.       C: deepish maroon-crimson, medium garnet-tinged rim. N: more restrained (cf wine 3), plum, mulberry, hint of stewed rhubard, earthy. P: Earthy, dusty, very fine tannins, more structure (cf wine 3), minerally, drying finish, elegant wine
5.       C: crimson, medium-tight rim, pronounced legs. N: Mulberry, plum, hawthorn! P: smooth, ultra-fine tannins, great fruit dominated by mulberry/plum flavours, still very primary fruit, hints of prune on the finish.
6.       C: mostly crimson, hints of maroon, medium rim with a garnet/brick tinge, a little leggy. N: Earthy, mature/developed nose, medicinal herbs. P: elegant and reserved, very fine tannins, earthy/soil, long length, subtle dark fruits lingering on the finish.
7.       C: crimson, purplish, tightish rim. N: primary, violets, lifted fruit of mulberry, damson plums; subtle spice. P: grippy tannins, slatey/granitey, primary fruit flavours, balanced, needs time.
8.       C: crimson, medium-tight rim. N: subtle, soft fruity nose of blueberry and plum. P: unctuous on the palate, intense, rounded, very fine tannins, elegant, perfumed fruit dominated by blueberries, a slight grip on the long finish.
9.       C: pale straw. N: white blossoms, grapey/vinous, green melons, delicate. P: light, not very sweet, a touch of alcohol/heat, delicious!